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Food Allergies: Gluten Or Dairy Allergy
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a two strand protein that is found in grains. These protein gives elasticity to the foods they are used to make, like pasta.bread, cake and cookies. For a more complete list of foods containing gluten look at the Celiac Association website.
Gluten, Celliac, or just not your type. Blood type that is, On a road trip to Texas with a friend who is very intolerant of gluten I learned lots about eating the non-gluten way, Being allergic to dairy myself it looked like we would be facing some interesting conundrums. But there were none. We were going to Texas to ride a bike ride called the Hotter n Hell Hundred. It was August. Being an athlete means being really careful if you are allergic to anything. Between dairy and gluten there is little left to eat at first glance. While wandering around the local health food store I found the absolutely best magazine. Living Without. For someone struggling with food intolerance this magazine is like an oasis in the desert. They have ideas and recipes that are gluten and dairy free. The contributors understand the life and death matter of food allergies.
Pinterest has tons of ideas for eating around allergies.
Necessary to know about food intolerance
Some things are important to know about mild food intolerance. Serious food allergies are life threatening and must be cared for by a doctor. Here are some signs of gluten intolerance.
- If you are itchy,itchy,itchy .
- If you walk around in a daze with trouble thinking.
- If you have bad acne try ditching dairy, then gluten if that doesn't work.
It is not the end of the world if you are allergic to foods. It does feels like it looks like it until you figure out what to eat. Here are some ways to find out if your are gluten intolerant and should be on a special. gluten free.
- Ask questions of your doctor,when you go out to eat. You should ask if the food you want is prepared with whatever you are allergic to. If the server can't answer your questions ask to speak to the cook. Cooks love to tell you about their creations.
- Read the ingredients on the food you buy.
- Keep what you eat simple. Processed food is loaded with stuff ordinary people would never think to add.
How Does Blood Type Figure Into Gluten Intolerance?
Joseph Christiano in Body Types,Blood Types and You discusses the kinds of foods that work well with different blood types. It just so happens that I have O type blood. People with type O blood should not be big grain eaters. I have experimented and find that when I eat most grains I don't feel my best. Another interesting fact about O blood types is they tend to get cancer if they aren't eating to their blood type. That certainly is my situation.
Imagine that you constantly rub at a blister. The more you rub the worse the blister. Cancer is aggravated by inflammation. If your digestive track is inflamed for a long period, say years, your resistance weakens and you have a cancer friendly environment.
While people with type O shouldn't be eating most grains people with type A should be. When learning about eating to your blood type you discover that some people should be vegetarians and some should not. What blood types are the most prone to Celliac disease would make a good thesis topic. I have eaten for my blood type and when I did good things began to happen. My thinking was clearer, I had more energy and generally felt better. When eating to my blood type my cancer tends to be under better control. That is just my experience. I have no scientific evidence that eating to my blood type controls my cancer, but more and more information on eating and cancer is coming out all the time.
How Do You Figure This All Out?
Figuring out food intolerance and allergy is extremely complicated. Doctors don't know about beneficial foods and dietitians frequently don't agree on what is good and what isn't. For years the food pyramid was the Food and Drug Administration's standard for school lunches and hospital foods. Every kid who took health was told to avoid meat and eat lots of pasta and grain. What a nightmare for a someone with celiac disease. Figuring out what is causing trouble with food is hard. When you successfully avoid all that causes you trouble you feel so much better so its worth it.
Hopefully it doesn't start with a couple of trips to the emergency room and people staring at your husband as though he were a wife beater. When combined my allergy to dairy and avocado sent me to emergency twice. My eyes started to get itchy and then my eyes swelled shut and my face swelled.. Hence, the assumption by strangers that my husband beat me.
Start with a good allergy doctor. If you can't afford an allergist begin by learning all you can about food allergies. Know symptoms for Celiac disease and dairy/lactose intolerance. Start an elimination diet. An elimination diet is exactly that. You eliminate a food or food group for a period, usually two weeks. If you feel better leave that food alone, If there is no change switch to a different food. and eliminate it and so on and on it goes. You have to be an investigator.
So What Did We Eat?
We were completely satisfied. We had with us a loaf of Udi's bread. It tastes like regular bread. We had regular sandwich fixings: Turkey, peanut butter, and tuna. We had apples, grapes, carrots, celery , tomatoes, chips, lots of hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes and cheese. For dinner a couple of nights we mixed canned chicken with microwaveable brown rice and vegetables. We had all the usual condiments: mustard, mayonnaise, gluten free salad dressing. Last but not least we found a spicy humus we liked a lot. We had rice cakes and rice tortillas that neither of us ate. Lots of candy has gluten. But really good chocolate doesn't. We had really good chocolate. So you see you can eat well without gluten and dairy Gluten free worked nicely into eating for my blood type too, The ride lived up to its name and between the two of us we had five flat tires. We had so much fun. Which is why you figure out what ails your digestive system.